TOURISM AND MEDIA

Salaam Heisman Fetches Nearly $400K

Rashaan Salaam’s Heisman Trophy attracted nearly $400,000 in an auction run by Laguna Niguel-based SCP Auctions.

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Long Beach Airport Closes Strong Year

Long Beach Airport passenger traffic was 1.9 million in 2017, up 33% over the previous year.

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Restaurant365 Raises Funding from Bessemer

Restaurant365 LLC, an Irvine-based developer of back-office software for restaurants, said it closed a $20 million Series A financing that includes a minority investment from Bessemer Venture Partners.

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George and Julia Argyros Give $7.5M for Coliseum Plaza

George and Julia Argyros have given $7.5 million through their family foundation in Costa Mesa toward the renovation of the Los Angeles Coliseum and a peristyle plaza will get the couple’s name.

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Register, SCNG Layoffs Could Signal Sale

Widespread layoffs are expected to hit a number of Orange County publications owned by Digital First Media Corp. (DFMC), parent company of Southern California News Group (SCNG).

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Philharmonic Society’s Mangum Departs

The Philharmonic Society of Orange County said John Mangum, its president and artistic director, is leaving the group this spring to be executive director and chief executive of the Houston Symphony.

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CES 2018: D-Link Gets More Connected

D-Link Systems Inc. in Fountain Valley introduced several connected-home devices this week in Las Vegas at the CES consumer electronics show.

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Blizzard’s eSports League Signs Twitch Deal

Overwatch League matches will be broadcast on Twitch, the two said today.

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OC Hotel Development Down in 2017

Fewer and smaller hotels opened in Orange County last year, Atlas Hospitality Group in Irvine said.

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CES 2018: Insteon Pairs With Google Products

Irvine-based Insteon said its line of connected home devices is compatible with Google Assistant-enabled products, such as Google Home speakers and select Android and Apple smartphones.

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Long Beach Airport to Get Hawaii Route

Hawaiian Airlines plans to fly daily from Long Beach Airport to Honolulu starting June 1.

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Bren was Pitch Perfect

The Business Journal has selected Irvine Company Chairman Donald Bren as its Business Person of the Year.

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JWA November Traffic, Flights Up

John Wayne Airport passenger traffic and commercial flights in November were each up 0.9% year-over-year.

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New Boss for Visit Dana Point

Jonny Westom was named executive director of Visit Dana Point, to replace Sean Keliiholokai.

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OC Fair Folk Land Cirque for 10 Years

Orange County Fair & Events Center will ink a 10-year deal to host Cirque du Soleil extravaganzas on its grounds in Costa Mesa, with five shows slated for production in that time.

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